Weight Loss

Ellipse Challenge of the Month – August 2020

Lifestyle Challenge: The “Perfect” Fridge

Your refrigerator works hard for you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, keeping your food fresh and safe!

When was the last time you treated it to a good scrub?

This week I’m challenging you to treat your fridge to a good cleaning!

A basic rule of thumb is to:
🍏 Inspect the contents weekly, removing anything that’s spoiled and wiping down any spills
🍓 Thoroughly clean your fridge with the change of each season

Use a natural, gentle cleaning solution for your refrigerator.

Or, you can make your own by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of water.

If you do use a harsher cleanser, make sure it’s food safe and doesn’t contain any strong scents that your food will absorb.

The “Perfect Clean” Fridge Guide:

🍑 Remove everything from the refrigerator (including the shelves!)
🍋 Tossing anything expired, or that you don’t need
🍇 Let the shelves and bins come to room temp and wipe down the inside of your fridge with the baking soda mixture.
🍉 Use a damp cloth to wipe away the cleaning solution, and then dry with a clean towel
🍏 Use more of the baking soda/water solution and soak the shelves and bins
🍓 Dry your shelves and bins and return everything to the refrigerator.

Voila! Your fridge will look great when you’re finished.

Are you in? Comment below! Take a picture of your sparkling refrigerator! (Even better, take before/during/after pix and share your project with us! No judgement, promise!)

Challenge of the Month July 2020

If you’re looking to improve your fitness, lose body fat and live a longer life, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a HUGE tool to put in your fitness toolbox! And Tabata is a fun and fast way to get it DONE!

That’s why this week I am issuing you a…

TABATA CHALLENGE!

The good news is, Tabata works for almost everyone from beginners to advanced athletes.

That’s because what’s “high intensity” to one person might be completely different for someone else, based on their fitness level.

Bonus: because the workouts are so intense, you don’t have to work out for as long as you do for the same benefits offered by moderate-intensity workouts.

Here’s how it works: first warm up really, really, really well (do some cardio to warm up your body, and then some dynamic total-body exercises like leg swings, lunges, push-ups, etc. to get your muscles in gear).

Traditional Tabata workouts have you alternate between two different exercises.

You do the first exercise for 20 seconds, take a 10-second break, and then do the second exercise for 20 seconds, and take a 10-second break. You repeat that for a total of 4 times through – for a total of 4 MINUTES.

Some ideas for exercises you can use for your Tabata Challenge:
💪Burpees vs Alternating Lunges
💪Kettlebell Swings vs Push-ups
💪Squats vs Mountain climbers
💪Skaters vs Pull-ups

Let’s all aim for integrating Tabata Training into your workouts at least THREE days this week!

Listen to your body – if you haven’t done a HIIT workout in a while, it’s a good idea to do a little less than you think you should because they can be sneaky and give you bonus delayed-onset muscle soreness the next day!

Are you ready to join in on the fun?! Let me know in a comment below!

Family Ladder Workout

Start with 10 Jump Squats, Pause, Reset, and Begin again 10 Jump Squats, 9 Double Leg Lowers. Pause, Reset, Begin again 10 Jump Squats, 9 Double Leg Lowers, 8 Pushups. Repeat down the ladder until you get to the 1:00 Cardio exercise

Get creative! Maybe you sprint around the outside of the house or have a race or competition of some kind!